Russia issues warning against travel to Thailand

April 12th, 2009 - 11:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, April 12 (RIA Novosti) Russia’s foreign ministry Sunday advised citizens against visiting the capital of Thailand where a state of emergency was declared over protests staged by the opposition.
“The foreign ministry recommends Russian citizens to carefully weigh the expediency of trips to Thailand during the period of the state of emergency,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that there were clashes in Bangkok between police and protesters.

Protests in Thailand started in March this year after the government allocated nine million low-paid Thai workers assistance worth $55 each. Protesters called the assistance “bribery” and said the cabinet had come to power illegally.

A summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) scheduled Saturday in Pattaya, a Thai resort city located some 100 km from Thailand, was also cancelled over protests staged by the opposition.

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